Proposed Operation in Alaska Denied

Quality Asphalt Paving (QAP) and parent company Colaska Inc., part of the international Colas Group, faced community opposition to a proposed aggregates operation. Plans submitted to the borough of Meadow Lakes, Alaska, called for the removal of up to 2 million cu. yd. of gravel from a 105-acre area of the parcel over a 20-year period, with a portable asphalt plant operating at times.

There could have been 500 trucks making 1,000 daily trips to and from the pit, though the permit application indicated that’s not an average or constant number, according to the Anchorage Daily News. QAP suggested that they would erect earthen berms at least 10 ft. tall to block noise and to limit the volume of rock crushing and screening operations. The permit was denied.

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